Tesco has said that around 13,000 temporary Christmas staff have been kept on to help the supermarket chain cope with staff absences due to Covid.
The UKs largest supermarket revealed that almost half of the 30,000 temporary Christmas staff have been hired until the end of January as a lot of staff are off sick with Omicron.
Chief executive Ken Murphy staff absences over the past six to eight weeks have been higher than normal, but they are “manageable.”
Tesco also warned of rising food prices as costs have almost doubled to 5% and their customers have seen an increase by 1% over the past five months.
Murphy said, “It’s possible we’ll see some further inflation on food, but we’ll do our very best to minimise the impact on customers.”
Murphy added, “Despite growing cost pressures and supply chain challenges in the industry, we continued to invest to protect availability, doubled down on our commitment to deliver great value and offered our strongest ever festive range.
“As a result, we outperformed the market, growing market share and strengthening our value position.”